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Many of those motorists who thought their cars would be safe and dry on the second floor of Don Mueang airport's Terminal 2 were mistaken. 

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This is what happened to the cars that were moved from the second floor of the car park building at Terminal 2.


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Neither high nor dry

When flood victim Panumas Saksongmuang left his car at Don Mueang airport on October 20, he thought it would be a safe, dry place since the government's Flood Relief Operations Command was located there.

He was wrong. He was shocked when the government on October 30 ordered car owners to move their vehicles from the airport. Having taken his family to Lamphun to wait out the flood, he found it impossible to retrieve his car in time.

Thus, he became a flood victim a second time. He said he would have to gradually buy used parts to repair his car because he could not afford an immediate full repair.

Other motorists suffered even more of a shock because they had left their cars on the second floor of the car park building at Terminal 2. When they arrived to pick them up, they found they had been moved to the ground floor.

Don Mueang Airport director Kanpat Mangkhalasiri said between 30 and 50 vehicles had been towed away because they were blocking and preventing flood relief logistics efforts.

A total of 166 vehicles were still on the ground floor at Don Mueang airport yesterday and they are in the process of being salvaged.

Receding floodwaters have cleared areas around the hangar at Don Mueang airport. Salvaging the airport is expected to be an arduous task involving large mobilisation of manpower and budget. RATTASEEMA PONGSAN


Deputy police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen took a team of mechanics and insurance company staff to salvage the vehicles.

He said vehicles with first-class auto insurance would be towed and repaired for free and vehicles with less insurance coverage or without would be towed to garages for free.

The vehicles towed down from the car park building would get the same treatment, Pol Gen Pongsapat said.

Police will also wash the vehicles that were flooded in the airport for free, he said.

Panthep Chaiparinya from the General Insurance Association said most vehicles on the ground at the airport were inundated and repairing them would take more than a month.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Amornrat Mahitthirook.

terminal – a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave อาคารผู้โดยสาร
victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
Flood Relief Operations Centre (Froc) – the government's centre for assisting flood victims ศูนย์ปฎิบัติการช่วยเหลือผู้ประสบอุทกภัย(ศปภ)
located – where something is ตั้งอยู่
shocked – very surprised and upset ตกใจ
retrieve – to get something back ได้กลับคืนมา
gradually – slowly and in small stages or amounts อย่างทีละน้อย
repair – to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง
afford – to have enough money to be able to pay for something มีเงิน/ทุนพอ
immediate – happening or done now, without any delay ทันทีทันใด
suffer – to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation ประสบความลำบาก
tow – to pull a vehicle or boat by fixing it to the back of a another vehicle or boat  ลากจูง
block – to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
relief – help; assistance การช่วยให้พ้นภัย
logistics – the practical arrangements that are necessary in order to organise something successfully, especially something involving a lot of people or equipment การส่งกำลังบำรุง
in the process – carrying out a series of a actions to do or make something กำลัง...
salvage – to save something from being lost completely กอบกู้
recede – to move back; to move further away into the distance; subside ลดลง, ถอยหลัง
hangar – a large building in which aircraft are kept โรงเก็บเครื่องบิน
arduous – involving a lot of effort and energy, especially over a period of time ยากลำบาก, ยากเข็ญ, หนักหน่วง
task – something that you have to do หน้าที่; ภารกิจ
mobilisation – bringing together for a particular purpose การระดมพล
manpower – the supply of people who are able to work กำลังคน
budget – an amount of money able to be spent on something งบประมาณ
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
mechanic – a person whose job is repairing machines, especially the engines of vehicles ช่าง, ช่างยนต์, ช่างเครื่อง
insurance – an arrangement in which you regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured การประกัน
garage – a place where vehicles are repaired  อู่ซ่อมรถ
treatment – a way of behaving towards or dealing with a person or thing การปฏิบัติ
association – an official group of people who have joined together for a particular purpose สมาคม
inundated – flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ

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